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Where to drink when you’re not drinking

Designated driver, on the Dry Jan bandwagon, or just on a hiatus from the hard stuff? Try these brilliant local bars and pubs for alcohol-free tipples.

BrewDog, Norwich

If you haven’t hit up this city centre craft brewery yet, now’s the time, as they’re offering free refills all January on their alcohol-free beers! Sip a low-booze version of their super-popular Elvis Juice or Punk IPA beers while enjoying their excellent vegan menu to boot (seitan hot wings, anyone?).

The Gangway, Sheringham and Cromer

Both these quirky-cool bars have a huge menu to choose from, with multiple low- or no-alcohol beers and ciders available beyond your standard supermarket offering. There’s also an excellent list of no-alcohol spirits from Three Spirit, Lyres and Pentire, which you can sip while you nibble on vegan treats from Tofurei, Norwich and The Craft Bakery, Cromer. Cromer contingent, be aware that your local Gangway reopens on 13 Jan.

The Wildman, Norwich

This Insta-fodder bar in the heart of the Lanes has a delicious cocktail menu, with a small but sweet selection of mocktails if you’re avoiding the booze (we love the sound of the Pretty Woman, made with strawberry purée, lemon, aquafaba, rose water, gomme, and soda). There are also a couple of low ABV beers available if cocktails aren’t your thing.

Suffield Arms, Thorpe Market

What better place to squirrel yourself away in this winter than this swish saloon bar hidden away on the top floor of Suffield Arms? Sink into a velvet sofa or leather armchair and knock back a Paloma or a Tuscan Tree Spritz (or four). You’ll need them after sampling the delights of the tapas menu downstairs…

Cosy Club, Norwich

An easy-peasy city centre hangout to get your mocktail fix at. There are six low or no-alcohol cocktails to choose from (hello, espresso martiNO!) as well as a couple of bottled beers, but we’ve got our eye on the Nix & Kix sparkling juices, which are vegan, low in calories and infused with a hint of cayenne. We’ll have the blood orange and turmeric flavour, ta.

The Jolly Sailors, Brancaster Staithe

You wouldn’t necessarily expect a pub with its own rum menu to be an option for non-drinkers, but that’s where The Jolly Sailors might surprise you! There are some 0% or 0.5% ABV beers on offer as well as Seedlip for booze-free G&Ts, but we’ll be ordering the handmade Norfolk cordials. Flavours include wild elderflower, strawberry and lime, redcurrant and grapefruit, rhubarb, orange and ginger, and raspberry.

Mr Postles’ Apothecary, Norwich

This quirky, buzzy bar styled after a 1820s apothecary is famous for its bonkers boozy creations – their iconic Candy Cane cocktail is topped with Skittles – but there’s also an Apprentice menu of mocktails if you’re after atmosphere without the hangover.

The Brisley Bell, Brisley

Reopening on 13 Jan, this cosy village green pub is the ideal haunt after a bracing dog walk or if you fancy a truly excellent Sunday roast. For non-drinkers, there’s also a selection of mocktails on offer – we’ll be sipping a Virgin Mary.

Netherton Steakhouse, Norwich

This Long Stratton eatery is well-known for its fabulous service and meaty menu, but there’s no need to wash down your ribeye with a J2O if that’s not your bag. There are three alcohol-free beers on offer, as well as tasty mocktails if you’re after something that feels a little more ‘grown up’.

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